"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution"
John Ruskin. 1819-1900 (Victorian Art Critic, Draughtsman, Social Thinker & Philanthropist)
Our approach is to offer sensibly priced, quality services to assist developers & builders with protecting their workforce and supply chain, complying with relevant legislation and avoiding the threat of court cases, fines, corporate manslaughter charges, insurance claims or damage to their reputation.
For many years, construction has been understood to be one of the most hazardous industries in the UK - but it is also one of the most regulated in terms of safety, with enormous advances having been made in recent years to reduce the number of deaths ensuring workers go home safe and sound at the end of the working day.
This does bring with it a myriad of legislation and regulation which can seem daunting for any development or construction business, when weighing up the risks along with the benefits.
Our experienced team has worked for many years with developers & builders throughout the UK, providing support, guidance and regulatory compliance services which are cost-effective, pragmatic and sensible. We negotiate the tricky balance of offering services which do not directly generate turnover for our clients with the regulatory requirements and the need to avoid the potential costs of getting it wrong, demonstrating the true value of a committed CDM and Health & Safety culture.
"Every year many construction site workers are killed or injured as a result of their work; others suffer ill health, such as musculoskeletal disorders, dermatitis or asbestosis. The hazards are not, however, restricted to those working on sites. Children and other members of the public are also killed or injured because construction activities have not been adequately controlled."
Foreward from HSE's HSG 150 - Health & Safety in Construction
H&S / CDM Strategy Briefing Sessions: general for your business or on specific projects
H&S / CDM Training Sessions: for individual dutyholders or in your own systems
H&S / CDM Systems: for Developers & Principal Contractors
CDM 2015 - A new approach to managing H&S risk
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 replaced the CDM 2007 Regulations on 6 April 2015 removing the role of CDM Co-ordinator and introducing a new Dutyholder known as the Principal Designer. In line with these new regulations, Q can now offer four key services to support your projects:
sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
have the right people for the right job at the right time
co-operate and co-ordinate your work with others
have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed
Principal Designer - carrying out the role specified in CDM 2015, leading the Design Team with respect to health & safety aspects of a project and to influence how risks to health & safety should be managed throughout the project.
CDM Advisor - to support a Lead Designer or Principal Contractor who is required by their Client to take on the legal role of the Principal Designer but who may not have the in-house skills, knowledge or experience to manage the health & safety aspects of a project, and/or lacks the organisational capability or resources to carry out the role effectively
Key Client CDM Advisor - to support Clients committed to outstanding CDM compliance, when in-house design teams act as the Principal Designer but require support to fulfil the legal responsibilities or when contractually they require Lead Designers or Principal Contractors to fulfil the legal role of Principal Designer, but want to ensure that the Client’s interests are always being met with regards to CDM
Consortium Principal Designer or CDM Advisor - on projects with multiple Clients working in consortium, Q can provide a pivotal role in the management and co-ordination of the health & safety aspects of a project at consortium level, ensuring all Dutyholders across complex sites, comply with their duties
H&S and CDM Strategy, Training & Systems
We can provide you with really useful advice on how to comply with your duties under the relevant H&S / CDM Regulations and with current industry practices.
There is a great deal of good health & safety management which is straightforward common-sense - but it is can be increasingly difficult to balance all of your business and project requirements while ensuring all your legal responsibilities are met. And that's where we come in - it makes a lot of sense to obtain independent advice from experts like us, since we have wide ranging experience, covering many different types of projects, partnerships, contract types and client situations. We can provide:
Site “Friendly Audit”
CDM Project Audit
Client Monitoring Visit
Full Site Audit
Whatever your role in construction, the CDM Regulations 2015 aim to improve health and safety in the construction industry by helping you to:
We can provide a range of Site Audits that can be tailored to meet your project needs and can be combined to provide more detailed services, documentary evidence and feedback. These include: